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Beyond NIDCD: News from Other Organizations
The Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) recently announced that it has awarded $550,000 to 22 outstanding research scientists in the field of hearing and balance science, which represents a 16 percent increase in the organization’s grant making. DRF awards research grants of up to $25,000 to young investigators to conduct novel investigations of auditory and vestibular function and dysfunction. Research proposals for basic, translational, and applied clinical research in hearing and balance are considered for funding. Applications for the 2011 DRF grant cycle are due on December 8. To be notified of upcoming grants, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated its recommendations for vaccination to prevent pneumonoccal disease and ear infections. ACIP recommends that children ages 6 weeks to 5 years receive the recently approved 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PCV13, in place of the currently used 7-valent PCV7. The new vaccine is administered in a four-dose series at ages 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months.
Children who started their vaccination series with PCV7 should complete the series with PCV13. In addition, a booster dose of PCV 13 is recommended for children as old as 59 months who have completed the four-dose PCV7 series.
To read more, go to the CDC vaccine information statement.
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association presents “Childhood Apraxia of Speech: New Perspectives for Assessment and Treatment” on January 21, 2011, at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas, Austin. The speaker, David W. Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP, will offer a hands-on, practical presentation that focuses on strategies for therapists who treat children with apraxia of speech. For more information, contact Kathy Bauer, education director for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association at email@example.com or visit the website.
Hands and Voices is devoted to improving support for families with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and the professionals who serve them. Resources for parents include:
A is for Access (DVD) is a guide for families and educators about how to create and implement full and effective communication access for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Order online.
The Book of Choice, 3rd Edition, in English and Spanish, is an information resource based on the most frequently asked questions by parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Order online.
Changing Brains: Effects of Experience on Human Brain Development (DVD) uses information and practical recommendations based on scientific evidence to explain what you can do to help children develop to their full potential. Nine segments describe the brain systems important in vision, hearing, motor skills, attention, language, reading, math, music, and emotions and learning. The DVD was developed with NIDCD funding by Helen J. Neville, Ph.D., at the University of Oregon. Watch or order online.
The National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation (NOHR) has a newly designed website. The organization funds biomedical research into the preventions, treatments, causes and cures of hearing loss and deafness.